Halton Autism Social Skills Groups

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Contact Jessica Gallino, Intake Coordinator
Phone: (905) 689-4727 ext. 115
Email:  haltonautismservices@woodview.ca

What are Social Skills Groups?

Social skills groups are offered in-person. Social skills groups feature a variety of themes such as learning to engage in functional play with peers including turn taking, requesting, sharing, engaging in group routines, and more. 

Social skills groups will help to further develop your child’s communication skills and daily living skills by learning and practicing through fun and exciting activities each week.

The ratio for each social skills group changes based on the child’s needs and skills, up to a ratio of 2 staff to 8 children.

Parents and caregivers will be required to attend one mandatory parent session with a Clinical Supervisor at the end of the group block.  Parents will have the opportunity to watch videos to observe the progress and gains of their child in the group, for information sharing from Woodview Staff, and to discuss next steps for future social and communication goals.

What is the focus of Social Skills Groups?

The focus of social skills groups is to help and support children to reach their potential in social and communication skills and to improve their daily living skills.

Social skills groups are offered in small group sizes and use Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) principles and evidence-based strategies, plus video modelling, role play, and homework to teach these various skills.

Learn more about the variety of Halton Autism Services that we offer.

What are the pre-requisites to join the Social Skills Groups?
  • Can wait appropriately for at least 5 minutes
  • Can tolerate groups or be with other children
  • No significant problem behaviours or safety concerns (bolting/flight risk/aggressive verbal or physical behaviour/self injurious behaviour)
  • Does not require 1 to 1 support
  • *Toilet trained (*Not required for Saturday’s ‘Friendship Club’ group)
  • Can follow 1 step instructions and requests
  • Can participate in activities safely
  • Can participate in some conversation (depends on the theme that week)

Winter 2023

“Friendship Club” – Ages 4-6

This 10-week group uses evidence-based strategies to teach friendship skills in play, such as inviting peers to play and taking turns. Children will participate in a circle-time type lesson and afterward they will have the opportunity to practice the skills they’ve learned through structured play activities.

Location: 69 Flatt Road, Burlington
Date: Saturdays*, January 14 to March 25, 2023 (*There will be no group on Saturday, February 18)
Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Ratio: 4 participants to 1 staff (maximum 8 learners)
Cost: $1,580

“Little Chef’s” – Ages 4-6

This 8-week skills group will focus on learning basic cooking skills in the kitchen. Using evidence-based strategies, this group will practice following instructions for recipes, cleaning up and learning basic safety skills. There will be time to eat the creations and practice play skills following the cooking lesson. 

Location: 59 Rexway Drive, Georgetown (Harrison School)
Date: Tuesdays, January 10 to February 28, 2023
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Ratio: 3 participants to 1 staff (maximum 6 learners)
Cost: $800

“Afterschool Hub”– Ages 9-11

This 10-week skills group will focus on executive functioning skills relevant to home and school. Using an evidence-based approach, children will learn strategies to help with planning, organization, self-management, and time management, and will have the opportunity to practice these skills.

Location: 69 Flatt Road, Burlington
Date: Mondays*, January 16 to March 27, 2023 (*There will be no group on Monday, February 20)
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Ratio: 4 participants to 1 staff (maximum 8 learners)
Cost: $980

“Social Squad”– Ages 9-11

This  8-week social skills group will focus on supporting participants to reach their goal of making and maintaining friendships. Using evidence-based ABA strategies and the Children’s Friendship Curriculum, participants will learn about flexibility, maintaining conversations (in real life and online), and dealing with teasing / bullying. There will be opportunities for socializing throughout the group.

Location: 59 Rexway Drive, Georgetown (Harrison School)
Date: Mondays*, January 9 to March 6, 2023 (*There will be no group on Monday, February 20)
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Ratio: 4 participants to 1 staff (maximum 8 learners)
Cost: $800

“Sports and Games with Coach David!”– Ages 9-11

Halton Autism Services is partnering with Coach David from Kids Play Sports in this 10-week group where a new sport will be introduced each week.  Using an evidenced-based approach, children with Autism will have the opportunity to learn and play sports in a smaller group setting, focusing on skills such as following instructions in gameplay and positive sportsmanship behaviours.

Location: 69 Flatt Road, Burlington
Date: Mondays*, January 16 to March 27, 2023 (*There will be no group on Monday, February 20)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Ratio: 4 participants to 1 staff (2 coaches and an ABA staff)
Cost: $980

“Afterschool Hub”– Ages 12-14

This 10-week skills group will focus on executive functioning skills relevant to home and school. Using an evidence-based approach, youth will learn strategies to help with planning, organization, self-management, and time management, and will have the opportunity to practice these skills.

Location: 69 Flatt Road, Burlington
Date: Mondays*, January 16 to March 27, 2023 (*There will be no group on Monday, February 20)
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Ratio: 4 participants to 1 staff (maximum 8 learners)
Cost: $980

“Community Adventurers”– Ages 10-12

This 12-week skills group aims to teach functional skills (community safety, functional numeracy and leisure skills) while strengthening independence in the community. Using an evidence-based approach, children will learn skills and concepts in the centre, then have the opportunity to practice what they learn on community outings.  

Location: 69 Flatt Road, Burlington
Date: Tuesdays, January 10 to March 28, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ratio: 3 participants to 1 staff
Cost: $2,240 **Potential options to transport youth back to school for additional costs**

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